Although Dabo Swinney has named Cole Stoudt as the man to replace Tajh Boyd as the Clemson Tigers starting quarterback, he was given a little help with that decision on Monday when Chad Kelly was reportedly escorted off the field by police, and then dismissed from the team by Swinney just hours later.
He was dismissed from what was described as numerous bouts of conduct that were detrimental to the team, and on Wednesday, Kelly issued a statement of apology:
“I let down not only my coaches, and teammates, but also Clemson University and all of our fans,” Kelly said. “Most importantly, I’ve let down myself and my family.”
“I let my emotions get the best of me, culminating in this unfortunate situation with coach Swinney and the Clemson Tigers,” Kelly said. “What’s most important now is that I use this experience to grow as a student, as an athlete and most importantly, as a man.”
“It’s not going to be easy, but no matter what happens, I’ll be a better person both on and off the field,” Kelly said.
The issue that Kelly is referring to with Swinney was in regards to a bit of a temper tantrum that he threw this past Saturday at the spring game, which more than likely wasn’t going to help with his chances of winning the starting job anyway.